MINNEAPOLIS, Aug. 2, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Minnesota's largest art fair is marking its 54th year with a lineup of internationally recognized artists, performances, youth artists, a culinary arts competition, charitable partners and more.
During the Uptown Art Fair, visitors can browse original art by nearly 350 artists, including sculpture, drawing, glass, painting, jewelry, wood, ceramics, photography, mixed media and more. The Uptown Art Fair runs Friday, Aug. 4, from 12-8 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 5, from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 6, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Hennepin Avenue South and The Mall in Uptown, Minneapolis.
This year's commemorative artist is Uptown resident and photographer Nicole Houff. This year's commemorative print, Houff's "All Dolled Up and Going Uptown," will be sold in two sizes exclusively at the official Uptown Art Fair merchandise tent during the Uptown Art Fair for $15 and $25.
Uptown Art Fair goers can also participate in the "All Dolled Up" social media campaign. Dioramas with Barbie at art fair-related scenes, such as the youth art fair or performance stage, will be scattered throughout the fair grounds during the weekend. Visitors can follow the Uptown Art Fair's social media channels for clues on where to find the dioramas, then snap photos of each and post to social media using the hashtag #AllDolledUptown. Participants will be entered to win a 2017 commemorative print.
Along with artist booths, the Uptown Art Fair offers various special events and activities, including:
US Bank Community Possible Charitable Partner Tent
Four local nonprofits will be featured at the Uptown Art Fair in the Charitable Partner Tent on the top of The Mall – Mawu Lolo, Minnesota Sinfonia, Open Your Heart and Urban Arts Academy. They will be onsite all three days of the fair, offering visitors family-friendly activities.
Evening Acts at the Performance Stage
Guests can enjoy everything from dance troupes to indie rock on the Go: Radio performance stage. Two acts will headline evening performances – Canadian national touring band Bleeker on Friday, Aug. 4, with opener Saving Vinyl City, starting at 7 p.m., and Wiz Khalifa's DJ Brandon "DJ Bonics" Glova on Saturday, Aug. 5, at 7 p.m. Guests can also visit the nearby Indeed Beer Garden.
New Horizon Academy Youth Art Fair
Celebrating its 13th year, the 2017 New Horizon Academy Youth Art Fair inside Calhoun Square features more than 70 artists between the ages of 8 and 18, and encourages them to display, discuss and sell their artwork. Works include sculptures, paintings, photography, jewelry, and more with the artists taking home all proceeds. The Youth Art Fair will take place Saturday, Aug. 5, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 6, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Culinary Arts Competition Presented by Kitchen Window
Now in its sixth year, the Culinary Arts Competition – presented by Kitchen Window – teams Twin Cities' chefs and artists together in a live, outdoor competition to create culinary art. The chef and artist teams will each receive the same three mandatory ingredients, along with a secret ingredient, which they must use to create both a dish and a piece of visual art within 30 minutes. Local food and art celebrities will judge the final creations.
Subaru Family Imagination Station Presented by Northern Clay Center
Fairgoers can create clay art at the Subaru Family Imagination Station, presented by Northern Clay Center, located near the top of The Mall. Families can choose from a variety of free projects with a "summer" theme, including creating clay vessels, picnic baskets, flip flops and more. Projects will be fired at Northern Clay Center and will be available for pick-up at the center after Aug. 30.
Metro Transit ArtPass
During the weekend of the Uptown Art Fair, Metro Transit is again offering free rides through its ArtPass. Attendees can ride free on Saturday and Sunday by printing out the ArtPass at https://www.metrotransit.org/artpass. Fairgoers can take the bus or METRO lines from their homes or nearby Park & Ride lots (does not include Northstar).
About the Uptown Art Fair
Produced by the Uptown Association, the 54th Uptown Art Fair will take place August 4-6 and will feature more than 350 professional artists, 50 youth artists, 15 stage performances, a culinary arts competition and a variety of food vendors. Ranked the number one art fair in Minnesota by the Harris Guide, the three-day event has grown into a nationally recognized fine arts festival attracting more than 375,000 people throughout the weekend. Find more information at www.uptownartfair.com or on Facebook at Uptown Art Fair "Official" or Twitter at @UptownArtFair.
SOURCE Uptown Art Fair